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The BEST Afternoon Tea in Toronto

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Since Mother’s Day is once again fast-approaching, I thought I would re-share my round-up of the best places for afternoon tea in Toronto. If you’re looking to get a reservation for Mother’s Day – STOP whatever you’re doing and call now! Places book up extra fast and if you can’t get the Sunday, consider meeting on the Saturday instead. Enjoy!

One of my favourite traditions for Mother’s Day is going for afternoon tea in Toronto with my sister and Mom along with Paul and his Mom. It’s a nice way for our parents to get caught up and a fun way to spend the afternoon together. We usually spoil our Moms with a small gift as well – see our 2014 + 2015 + 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas & Guide. But the point is – our presence together is the present and it’s the small, yet precious moments that we will look back on and cherish.

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Having toured and tasted my way through the tea rooms of Toronto, I proclaim these to be the best places for afternoon tea in the city: (more…)

Coconut Chicken Paella

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Paul’s one signature dish when we have guests over for dinner is this delicious Coconut Chicken Paella. It’s a Tyler Florence recipe from his cookbook, Tyler’s Ultimate. If you’re looking for an easy one pot meal – this is it! The rice is infused with coconut milk and the chicken thighs are crusted in crushed coriander seeds before they are seared and then finished off in our Le Creuset Dutch Oven.

We added some lemon wedges and mint leaves for garnish and spread some cooked peas and watercress to finish. Serve with a green salad and you have yourself a gourmet meal that you can prep ahead for guests.

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15 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

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Looking for a healthy breakfast idea? Here are a few of my favourites to get me fueled up and ready to go in the morning:

1) Oatmeal with Mixed Berries and Brown Sugar – If I’m in a mega rush in the morning, I’ll put on the kettle and make myself a bowl of plain instant steel-cut oatmeal. Just add a handful of your favourite mixed berries and a sprinkle of brown sugar or maple syrup. Add a touch of almond milk if you like.

Throw your oatmeal in an container, pack a spoon and head out the door! For a variation, try adding dried fruit, nuts or pumpkin seeds instead. I like buying plain oatmeal and adding my own flavours and sweetener instead of it coming packed with anything artificial. Fresh is best!

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2) Easy Egg Tacos – Grab a package of corn tortillas, a carton of eggs, fresh salsa and an avocado at the start of the week. It’s everything you need to make these easy egg tacos. Just heat up the tortilla for 30 seconds on each side in a non-stick pan, fry an egg sunny-side up. Serve with sliced avocado and salsa on the side. Add hot sauce or sriracha if you like a bit of kick. Or scramble your egg if you’re in a rush! Definitely one of my fave healthy breakfast ideas.

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3) Cinnamon Raisin Toast – Sometimes it’s the Cinnamon Raisin Bread from Trader Joe’s that gets me up every morning. The bread itself is thick and chewy bread and when toasted, it has a nice loud crunch. I spread on a tiny bit of butter and serve with a sliced apple and a hard-boiled egg for a filling and healthy breakfast. Cinnamon + apple together? The BEST. (more…)

Healthy Gourmet Green Beans

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I LOVE green beans. But I rarely know what to do with them besides slathering them in butter. So in my quest to eat healthier, I came across this gourmet green beans recipe from Shape magazine that I absolutely can’t get enough of. If spot green beans out at a farmers’ market this week, make sure to pick up a batch for this easy & healthy recipe.

Here is my step-by-step pictorial for easy gourmet green beans. I have made this recipe for friends/family and for special occasions. It’s always a big hit and a fancy way to dress up your vegetables or for Thanksgiving dinner. Thoroughly rinse off 1 lb. of green beans and prepare homemade vinaigrette recipe.

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Trim the ends off of the green beans and bring water to a boil

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Lay out your pitted dates (more…)

Make This! Charred Tomato Salsa

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I can’t get enough of this Charred Tomato Salsa. I had the pleasure of visiting The Four Seasons Scottsdale during my drive from Toronto to Los Angeles. At around 7 pm everyday, my husband and I would settle into our lounge chairs on the Onyx Bar & Lounge patio to watch the sunset.

I easily downed a few of their mixology-driven cocktails, but I kept coming back to the Charred Tomato Salsa on their lounge menu. Since tomatoes are almost in-season, I asked the Chef to share his recipe so you could get a taste for yourself.  It’s so ridiculously easy to make – (grill tomatoes on your BBQ, blend and serve) you’ll wonder why you were eating that stuff in a jar for so long! This Charred Tomato Salsa makes a great hostess gift too.

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DIY: Quiche Me

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Looking for a light + healthy dinner idea? I’m re-sharing this post for those trying to get back on track after the holidays. Enjoy!

I have been too lazy to cook recently.

I find that this comes in waves. I’m tired, stressed and uninspired…UNTIL – Nelia Belkova from Style Blog started posting instagram photos of all the delicious quiches she’s been making! I haven’t made a quiche in YEARS and I thought it would be waaaay more complicated then it actually is. But if you just use the veggies & herbs in your fridge or cupboard, get organized and buy eggs, half & half and a frozen pie shell and you’re good to go!

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To save on time and clean-up, I made TWO quiches at the same time – since the pie shells came in packs of two. For the first one I sauteed onions and mushrooms before adding baby spinach. Then I dotted the quiche with chopped up sundried tomatoes. (more…)